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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Co-Presidents' Report PAGE 2

OCIES leadership into the future PAGE 3


47th OCIES Conference PAGE 7

Fellowship and networks project updates: Talanoa Fogafala PAGE 9

NERF Update PAGE 14

Recent PhD Completions & Awards & Distinctions PAGE 15

Beyond Oceania PAGE 16

47th OCIES Conference 26-28 November 2019, Samoa Quality Education for Sustainable Future: North-South, South-South Comparative Dialogues

Co-Presidents' Report BY ZANE MA RHEA & KABINI SANGA OCIES CO-PRESIDENTS As we begin the second year of our co-presidency of OCIES, we are honored to greet you—members and friends of OCIES—and privileged to reconnect with you via this brief report. First, we note with gratitude the achievements of our members during the first quarter of 2019; and among others extend our congratulations to Prof Zane Ma Rhea and her team for the publication of International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 17(4); to Wendy Choo of Auckland University on her first production of the OCIES newsletter as editor; to Dr Donella Cobb (University of Waikato) and team for facilitating an active and exciting New and Emerging Researchers’ Fono; and to you members for your meritorious efforts, credibility and diligence as educators. Second, we note with regret, the resignation of our secretary, Dr Robin Burns who for personal reasons, could not continue her role as secretary. We understand, accept and support Robin’s decision. Third, we are pleased to report that the OCIES executive committee had been active during the past three months; meeting four times during the first quarter. We are pleased with our committee members for their diligence as they continued to provide leadership behind-the-scenes and engage with members, organizations, potential partners and in the wider WCCES community. Fourth, we are honored to announce the joint partnership that OCIES has entered into with the Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society (IOCES) together with the City of Cairns (Australia) in bidding to host the 2022 World Congress (of the WCCES). This Expression of Interest (EoI) is new and potentially significant in many ways. We note with appreciation the considerable work done and collaboration shown by the partners in preparing our bid which will be considered at the 2019 World Congress in Cancun, Mexico in May. We shall keep you posted on this exciting possibility. Fifth, we commend the terrific job done by Dr Tagataese Tuia and team of the National University of Samoa, in partnership with OCIES executive committee members Rebecca Spratt, Donella Cobb and Zane Ma Rhea in preparing for the 2019 OCIES conference. Finally, in closing, we are heartened by the thought that ours (OCIES) is a community of heart and mind. As members of OCIES, we share in our combined commitment to be true in our love for people in these challenging times. We urge you to shine (more brightly) through your inspirational life and encouraging work and together, we will be contributing to providing a more hope-filled future for Oceania and the world.


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OCIES leadership into the future Hello OCIES members! We have an important message for you, our valued members! We have taken the brave step of becoming a regional organization that truly represents issues of concern to all our OCIES membership. For this vision to continue to become stronger, we need a truly representative leadership team. It cannot continue that we have the leadership team comprising of members based in Australia and New Zealand. That was the model of the past. Our vision does not exclude leadership from those places, but we also want to see members from other parts of Oceania taking your place in the leadership group. We are writing to you to ask you to consider joining the OCIES leadership group. The leadership team, known as our Executive of OCIES comprises the Co-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer, and the immediate past President. We normally meet on a monthly basis for about 1-1 ½ hours via Zoom to deal with any business arising for the Society and also to raise strategic matters of importance to OCIES. These matters are developed by the leadership group and brought to our annual conference and AGM for broader discussion. Any urgent matters, such as the need to vote on a matter, are arranged via email communication with our members. Following on from discussions that were held during our last OCIES in Wellington in 2018, we encourage all of you to think about what you want from OCIES and how you want to see it develop to be a strong voice for education in the OCIES region. Do you have a vision of what it should be? Of where we should go? Do you want to be mentored into the Co-President role? Do you have great skills that could take the reins of our Communications Strategy? Do you have great organizational skills, or want to learn them, that you could develop by taking on the OCIES Secretary role? The Co-Presidents are currently Dr Kabini Sanga and Dr Zane Ma Rhea. Zane will step down at the OCIES 2019 AGM to focus on the IEJ:CP Senior Editor role and mentorship of the ECR group and we need someone to join Kabini in the Co-President role. This would be an ideal role for an emerging OCIES leader to consider. Working with Dr Kabini Sanga as a mentor would provide you with invaluable insight into so many aspects of comparative and international education across Oceania and we strongly encourage all emerging leaders to put their hands up for this precious opportunity. Please contact Zane and Kabini to discuss this role and to see if it would fit you. The Secretary role is currently vacant, and we urgently need someone to step up to take on this role. Thank you, Rebecca and Donella, for taking this on in a temporary capacity. The role of the Secretary is to keep track of the business of OCIES: agendas for meetings, taking minutes of meetings, maintaining the membership data base. Ideally, this would be someone who also was comfortable with all the technologies currently being used to facilitate this sort of work: using Dropbox for all records, Doodle for arranging meetings, and database management software. If you want to know more about this role, please contact Rebecca Spratt and Matthew Thomas. They would be happy to talk you through all the various tasks involved.

Join the OCIES Executive Committee! We are looking for members from different parts of Oceania to join the leadership group.


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OCIES leadership into the future Dr Donella Cobb is our current Communications Officer and we are sure you have witnessed her wonderful skills in her production of the OCIES website and newsletter. She has been joined by Wendy Choo who will take charge of the Newsletter (and who is doing a marvelous job in preparation of her first newsletter) but Donella would like to step down from the Communications Officer role by the middle of this year. We are sure you are all aware of how important this role is for us in making sure that you are all well-connected with the news and events of the society. We sincerely hope there is a budding Communications genius out there who would love to come onto the OCIES leadership team and help us to keep developing our website and our message to the region and the world. We have been fortunate to have Dr Miriam Ham agree to take over the role of Treasurer that has been done so wonderfully by Rebecca Spratt for a number of years. If you have interest in learning the skills of being the Treasurer of our society and think you might be happy to support Miriam in her new role, please let us know. We love the idea of succession planning! In closing, OCIES needs your willingness to take up these leadership opportunities to ensure that the society thrives into the future with a team that truly reflects the wonderful diversity that is OCIES. Please consider! Thank you Kabini and Zane

Join the OCIES Executive Committee! We're looking for: - Co-President - Secretary -Communication Officer If you want to know more about the Co-President role, please contact Zane (zane.marhea@monash.edu) and Kabini (kabini.sanga@vuw.ac.nz) If you want to know more about the Secretary role, please contact Rebecca Spratt (rebeccaspratt@fastmail.fm) and Matthew Thomas (matthew.thomas@sydney.edu.au) If you want to know more about the Communications Officer role, please contact Donella (donella.cobb@waikato.ac.nz).


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WCCES Update BY EVE COXON WCCES BUREAU MEMBER-AT-LARGE OCIES IPP (IMMEDIATE PAST-PRESIDENT) 2019 promises to be another busy and productive year for the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) with a number of developments completed or underway. By way of a reminder about WCCES, it is an umbrella organisation comprised of 41 member societies including OCIES. Further information about WCCES events and outputs, plus member society events/activities, can be found on http://wccesonline.org/.   The first significant event of the year was held in mid-January (14th-15th) at the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. OCIES coPresident, Professor Kabini Sanga attended the inaugural WCCES Symposium held at the University of Johannesburg in June 2018, which was combined with a WCCES Executive Committee meeting. I was honoured to represent OCIES at the Executive Committee meeting which I also attended in my role as WCCES Bureau Member-at-Large. A key decision of the meeting, to locate the organization’s Secretariat at IBE, (re)establishes the historic connections between WCCES and IBE; when WCCES was first set up in the early 1970s, IBE was where the secretariat was then located but in recent decades, it has usually moved to wherever the Secretary-General of the time is located.  

WCCES is an umbrella organisation comprised of 41 member societies including OCIES. Further information about WCCES events and outputs, plus member society events/activities, can be found on www.wcces-online-org

The hosting by IBE of the Symposium which followed the Executive Meeting, Immigrants and Comparative Education: Call to Re/Engagement, further strengthened the collaboration with


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WCCES Update (continued) WCCES and its member societies. On top of the privilege of listening to the inspirational keynote presentation by Honourable Dr Antonio Novoa, Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of Portugal to UNESCO and Professor at Lisbon University, entitled ‘Migration, Displacement and Education’, I was able to participate in a number of excellent panels with presenters from across the globe, many of whom had first-hand experience of the very urgent challenges in education for migrant and refugee communities. Generous sponsorship from the Open Society Foundation ensured that representatives from lower income CIE societies were able to participate in this important and highly relevant Symposium. Although January in Geneva was predictably very cold, both the breath-taking beauty of the location and the pleasure of being in the company of such a wonderfully diverse group of colleagues meant I did not miss the warm temperatures of the Oceanic summer at all, especially given the plentiful Swiss cheese and chocolate provided!        Much of WCCES’s attention since then has gone towards preparation for the 17th World Congress of Comparative Education, The Future of Education, to be hosted by the Sociedad Mexicana de Educacion Comparada and held at Barcelo Maya, Mexico, 20-24th May. From information I already have, I know that OCIES will be well represented at the Congress. We’d love to hear from any of you if you are going to be there, so please do get in touch. At some stage in the week, we plan to get together for a shared, and no doubt extremely delicious, meal (hmmm, another reference to food in exotic places!).     Very best wishes to you all!


OCIES will be well represented at the 17th World Congress of Comparative Education (WCCES) in Cancun, Mexico. We’d love to hear from any of you if you are going to be there, so please do get in touch at ocies.org@gmail.com

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47th OCIES Conference: Samoa November 2019 Quality Education for Sustainable Future: North-South, South-South Comparative Dialogues OCIES conference in Samoa November 2019 invites keynote speakers and presenters from all over the world to bring in new theories, philosophies, and future educational perspectives to help guide and preserve quality and sustainable education for the future. Education today in Oceania is vulnerable and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that we provide the best modern quality education for all. Many will question the sustainability of current approaches, but it really depends on each nation to see their country grow academically and productively in all areas and in ways that are sustainable. Of note for our conference in the Pacific, many vulnerable and third world nations are bombarded with numerous ideas about how to ‘fix’ education woes such as poor education infrastructure and academically ‘lagging’ metrics. The biggest question that academics are asking today is how to preserve quality education for the future generations. They question whether these short-term ‘fixes’ are really sustainable, are culturally appropriate, or are simply moving nations into a larger state of debt. Our conference is ideally placed to have comparative dialogue between the North-South and South-South to address some of these concerns and possibilities.  This conference is our voice that can bring together academics from all over the globe to share, collaborate, and plan what is the best education for the future of our communities, nations, and regions


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Quality education for a sustainable future is one major goal in the world due to the impact of rapid and often turbulent global educational, economic, social and cultural changes affecting all nations. Many years of research and advocacy since the Brundtland Report (Our Common Future 1987) have clearly demonstrated that developing and third world countries are the most vulnerable nations due to a number of interrelated and complex aspects such as having limited economic resources, lacking in the sorts of skills needed to engage with global economic pressures and opportunities, being ‘resource-rich’ and therefore vulnerable to exploitation of their human and physical resources. We recognize that education provides opportunities to vulnerable nation states and communities but how we go about educating children, young adults, and professionally developing adults to face these challenges remains fraught with ideological and perspectival tensions. We want this conference to provide an opportunity for you to share your research into the future of education that is sustainable, particularly focussing on the tensions within North-South and South-South delivery of education services. We regard your contribution to this theme as being one vital avenue towards informing the development of sustainable education services in our

Conference Timeline Abstracts open March 1st  Abstracts close September 30th   Early bird registration closes August 16th  Registration closes October 1st  Emerging Researchers workshop November 25th

nations. We would appreciate if your abstract would take into consideration the ideas and thoughts as indicated above. Some focus questions you may like to consider in preparing your abstract for the conference are: Why is education important in our lives? What does sustainable education look like? What does formal, Western-inspired education contribute?

OCIES Conference November 26th – 28th Conference dinner November 27th

What are its limitations? What are some ways to move into a postcolonial and sustainable view of education service provision? How might we scale up small successful and sustainable education initiatives into large formal education systems?

Brundtland, G. (1987). Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future. [online] Available at: http://www.undocuments.net/our-common-future.pdf [Accessed 7 March 2019].

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Call for Proposals Types of proposal OCIES 2019 invites proposals that connect to the overall theme in either general or specific terms. Proposals can be submitted in the form of: 1. Individual papers (can include two co-authors) All individual papers (from one or two author/presenters) will be programmed according to topic with no more than three other individual papers in a 90-minute session. Each presenter should plan a 15 – 20 minute individual presentation (slideshows welcome but not necessary). Each paper session will have an assigned Chair who will moderate and keep presenters to their allocated time. 2. Panel discussions All individual papers (from one or two author/presenters) will be programmed according to topic with no more than three other individual papers in a 90-minute session. Each presenter should plan a 15 – 20 minute individual presentation (slideshows welcome but not necessary). Each paper session will have an assigned Chair who will moderate and keep presenters to their allocated time. 3.Tok stori/Talanoa/Roundtable A Tok stori/ Talanoa/Roundtable sessions are a new presentation format, designed to allow for maximum interaction among presenters and between presenters and attendees. We will consider two types of Tok stori/ Talanoa/ Roundtable proposals:

Proposal submissions Proposals can be submitted in English through the online submission form. https://ocies.org/online -proposal-submission/

(i) A single-session Tok stori/Talanoa/Roundtable will be allocated 90 minutes and be chaired by the person submitting the proposal who will be knowledgeable about the focus of the session and who will have invited 4-6 presenters to participate. The chairperson will be responsible for facilitating interaction and participation throughout the session. Each presenter will be allocated 5-7 minutes to be followed by collective discussion between designated presenters and with other attendees.

(ii) A multi-session Tok stori/Talanoa/Roundtable will be allocated two 90 minute sessions to allow for interlinked conversations around the same theme/topic. The same person may chair/mediate more than one of the linked tok stori/talanoa sessions or each may have a different chairperson. Chairpersons should be knowledgeable about the broad focus of the session(s) and the tok stori/talanoa process. The proposer/chairperson-mediator will be responsible for setting the conditions for participation and inviting participants. It is expected that as well as the stated number of participants who will address the topic, these sessions will be open to attendees, primarily there to listen and learn but who may be included in the tok stori/talanoa as the chair/mediator determines.Â


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Call for Proposals 4. Workshops Workshops will be practical in approach and allocated a 60 minute session. 5. Poster Presentation Posters are an excellent way to present ‘work in progress’ especially for ECRs and those who are working on a project. There will be designated sessions where those giving a poster presentation will display their poster in an exhibition space, stand beside their poster, and conference participants will circulate around the room and ask you questions about your work. Your poster should be brought to the conference on poster size paper laminated if possible. You are welcome to bring A4 copies if you wish to give these to interested colleagues. 6. Audio, Visual, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality presentations Audio (A), Visual (V), Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) presentations are another new presentation format, designed for artists, singers and other creatives to share their work in the education space. Similar to the poster presentation, there will be designated sessions where those giving A, V, AR and/or VR presentations will display their research in an exhibition space, stand with their piece (or computer if preferred), and conference participants will circulate around the room and ask you questions about your work. Your A, V, AR and/or VR presentation should be brought to the conference in a way that you can present it (please bring everything you need). You are welcome to bring copies of materials or web links if you wish to give these to interested colleagues.


Conference conveners Tofilau Dr Faguele Suaalii Alo Dr Silia Pausisi Professor Zane MaRhea Fuaialii Dr Tagataese Tupu Tuia

Conference coordinator Fuaialii Dr Tagataese Tupu Tuia

Technical adviser Rebecca Spratt

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Fellowship and Networks Grants 2019 Round We had just one successful applicant in the 2019 round of the OCIES Fellowship and Networking Grants. Staff at the University of Auckland and the National University of Samoa (NUS) were awarded a grant to support their collaboration in developing a book of poetry.  The collaboration has facilitated inter-cultural dialgoue and provides an innovative model for fostering collaboration across OCIES. The poems are illustrated by fine arts students from NUS. The OCIES grant helped cover the costs of printing of the books. You'll be able to view the books and talk to some of the authors when you come to our Annual Conference in Samoa later this year.

Talanoa Fogafala – a poetry collaboration with the National University of Samoa BY CAROL MUTCH ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND RECIPIENT OF 2019 OCIES FELLOWSHIP AND NETWORKING GRANT Talanoa Fogafala represents the time when a Samoan family settles on their sleeping mats and starts to tell stories. Some stories are sad, some stories are funny. This metaphor aptly describes the content of a poetry and art collaboration between the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Faculties of Art and Education at the National University of Samoa. The poems have four themes – voices of nostalgia, voices of resistance, voices of injustice and voices of love. As the themes suggest, the topics range from wistful memories to family violence, from poverty to love and affection.

Artist Edward discussing his work with the Acting New Zealand High Commissioner. One of his artworks is printed below.


The collaboration began as a chance conversation between Associate Professor Carol Mutch from the School of Critical Studies in Education and senior lecturer, Leua Latai from NUS. After discussing their mutual interest, they agreed that some Samoan academics would share their poems with their New Zealand counterparts. The poems duly arrived and a group of poets brought together by Carol and Associate Dean Pasifika, Jacoba Matapo, read and responded to the Samoan poems with poems of their own. The partnered poems were returned to Samoa where Fine Arts students from NUS illustrated the poems with traditional and contemporary artworks.

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Everyone involved was so delighted with the results that funding was sought to publish the collection in book form. The Oceania Comparative and International Education Society agreed to cover the costs of publication and the book was prelaunched at a small ceremony hosted by Pasifika Success at the Faculty of Education and Social Work and then at a more formal launch at the National University of Samoa last week. Carol Mutch was able to attend and represent Auckland’s poets. The Samoan launch was attended by a range of staff, students and dignitaries, including the Acting New Zealand High Commissioner, Huw Thomas, and representatives from government departments, NGOs and community organisations. The university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Fui Leápai Tuúa Ilaoa Asofou Soó, gave an address where he praised the poets for sharing their thoughts in such a personal but eloquent manner. He also recognised the talent of the young artists who brought the poems to life. In response to Leua Latai’s poem, Where I’m from, Claudia Rozas Gómez from the School of Critical Studies wrote of her Chilean homeland:

La Pampa (A response to ‘Where I’m from’) I went to the desert and heard the wind talk; memory let loose upon my other skin.   The chattering and the heaving, like charged fingers pressed against my chest   and I was able to breathe again.     Claudia Rozas Gómez


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Talanoa Fogafala – a poetry collaboration with the National University of Samoa

(from the top) Many of the poets, artists and guests including the National University of Samoa Vice Chancellor, Deans of the various faculties, University Chief Librarian, Acting New Zealand High Commissioner and partner, Head of the Samoan Quaifications Authority, representatives from UNESCO, the Salvation Army and the University of the South Pacific. (bottom top left) Carol introducing the artists Leonora Rasmussen, Edward Tauiliili and Paese Papalii. (bottom left) One of the poets’ sisters reading a poem dedicated to their mother. (bottom right) The Acting New Zealand High Commissioner and partner, Mr Huw Thomas and partner.


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New and Emerging Researchers 2019 Publication Project Update BY SONIA FONUA, DANIEL COUCH AND DONELLA COBB INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION JOURNAL: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES, SPECIAL ISSUE EDITORS The OCIES 2018 conference saw the launch of our New and Emerging Researcher Fono (NERF). One of the aims of this Fono was to support OCIES New and Emerging Researchers to publish their conference presentation in a 2019 Special Issue on of the International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives titled ‘Exploring, celebrating and deepening Oceanic Relationalities’. At the conclusion of our 2018 NERF event, an invitation was extended to OCIES New and Emerging Researchers to respond to this Call for Proposals. We were delighted to have such a strong response to this invitation from New and Emerging Researchers throughout the region. A small group of authors from Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Australia and New Zealand became part of an ongoing mentoring programme to prepare their articles for publication. Over the past two months this group of Early Career Researchers have worked towards three publication milestones. After each milestone, authors have received editorial feedback to help them prepare for their next milestone. In addition, we have gathered regularly for an online fono where authors have had the opportunity to discuss ideas and literature to further develop their papers. Thankfully technology has worked in our favour and we’ve been thrilled to have this opportunity to meet together, support each other, and discuss the development of our ideas. Authors are working really hard to finish their articles in preparation for the blind peer review process over the coming months. We look forward to celebrating the publication of our articles just prior to the 2019 OCIES conference. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our authors for their ongoing dedication and commitment to this process. It has been wonderful to establish a community of authors throughout the region and we are thankful for the opportunity to work together.  We’d also like to thank Associate Professor Carol Mutch for mentoring the editorial team and the OCIES Executive Committee for their ongoing support for our Emerging Researcher community.

Daniel, Donella and Sonia


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Recent PhD completions OCIES member Manuel Condoleon recently completed his PhD at the University of Sydney. Supervised by Associate Professor Nigel Bagnall and Professor Timothy Allender, his thesis focused on international education generally, and the International Baccalaureate specifically, with the title: TALK THE TOK AND WALK THE WOK: How International Baccalaureate subject teachers integrate Theory of Knowledge in their teaching (Case studies in India, Thailand and China) Congratulations Manuel!

Awards and distinctions OCIES member and RMIT University academic Dr Margaret Heffernan OAM was recently awarded Distinguished Alumna of the Year (Federation University Australia), recognising the impact of her work on society, particularly in the area of women’s health. This impact includes  engagement and research with multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary CALD and Indigenous agencies,  contributing to the improvement of women’s health and well-being; CALD information resources ; infrastructure; policy approaches  in the public health sector (immunisation delivery); invitations as expert commentator and reviewer; and industry grants. Margaret initiated a petition which led to a 2006 Senate inquiry, and $1million seed funding for the establishment of the National Centre for Gynaecological Cancers, which was recognised in her Order of Australia Medal. Her work with Aboriginal communities in Central Australia resulted in securing funding for a mobile health clinic. The model Margaret conceptualised with Aboriginal health leaders for community education and empowerment with new health initiatives is still being adopted in that region and by Margaret with her current research with Horn of African communities in Melbourne. Congratulations Margaret!

Call for contributions! Recent PhD completions: We'd love to celebrate OCIES members who have recently completed their PhD. Please send us your full name, the title of your thesis, the name of your awarding institution and supervisors. Awards and Distinctions: OCIES members are a pretty talented bunch. Let us celebrate your success in our next newsletter. Please send details of any recent awards, distinctions or scholarships (this includes institutional awards, research awards and/or scholarships). Oceanic News: Send in your 500 - 600 word contribution (and photos) of recent comparative and international activities within the region. This could include teaching, research or networking events. Don't forget to include a caption to accompany photos and the name/s of individuals. Please ensure that you have gained permission from individuals to publish their photo. Book publications: Let us know if you have recently published a book. Send in a photo of the cover and a short blurb.


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Beyond Oceania An update on Comparative and International Education activities beyond our Pacific shores NOCIES biannual conference & Global CIE Forum 10-11 October 2019, Stockholm University. 'Understanding the Global in Comparative and International Education' The joint NOCIES/GlobalCIE forum aims to reflect and critique issues concerning the global in comparative and international education. Topics of relevance that are of particular interest include: equity and inclusivity for sustainable futures; comparing within and across Agenda 2030; issues of globalization related to education; intersections between globalization and internationalization; migration and mobility; and quality and relevance of, in, and through education particularly from the perspectives of the Global South. The challenge is to identify, explore, and analyze the wealth of human agency involved in transforming comparative perspectives of and about the world. A long history of research in comparative education has confirmed that education is a pivotal arena, where identities are forged, geographical imaginaries built, and national development projects mobilized, while cultural, economic and political difference has generated very different national education systems. Today, national education formations are being increasingly crosscut and reworked by forces of globalization and policy promulgated in its name.   Three streams have been developed to build capacity in analysing and interpreting theory, critiquing discourse, identifying trends or themes, and/or applying new modes of inquiry. the idea(s) of comparative education: what is, what should be; from theory to practice: real-world application; and the dividing gaps between the 'know' and 'know nots'

The call for papers is now open. We invite proposals for papers, posters and panels/symposia from scholars working in areas related to the three ‘sponsored’ streams. The deadline for abstract and proposal submission is 6 May. For further information, visit http://nocies.org/nocies%202019%20conference/call%20for%20papers%202019.html  

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Beyond Oceania Call for Submission: Special Issue, Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry (CPI) I know why the caged bird sings Summer 2020 Inspired by Maya Angelou’s (1983) well known poem which compares and contrasts the characteristics of the free bird and the caged bird, this CPI Special Issue, explores minority resistance, resilience, and defiance. Angelou’s poem describes the caged bird with clipped wings and tied feet. The metaphor of being caged can be expanded to apply to humans, specifically, to members of minoritized and racialized groups who encounter systemic restrictions and man- made forms of oppression. Such forms of oppression and domination include: structural racism and discrimination, micro-aggressions, alienation, isolation, loneliness, and exile. In marked contrast, Angelou’s poem states that the free bird swoops and soars, as it claims the sky. In speaking truth to power (Said) and in keeping with the spirit of Angelou’s poem, the CPI issue for summer 2020, addresses collective and individual strategies of resistance, survival and growth, usually, despite overwhelming odds. The issue analyzes the strategies which are adopted by immigrants from the south, and visible minority women, men and youth in the diaspora. We invite submissions (articles, poetry, artwork and music) which analyze ways in which minoritized groups demonstrate strength, creativity, resilience, agency, and indomitable spirits. Potential authors and artists interested in contributing to this international, CPI Special Issue, please submit a proposal in either a single Word or PDF file to any the following Guest Editors: Cecille DePass: depassc@ezpost.com Enid Lee: enidlee@aol.com Sonia Aujla-Bhullar: skaujla@gmail.com Alleson Mason: mason@ualberta.ca Deadline for submission: July 30, 2019 Your proposal should include: Title (up to 150 characters); Abstract (100-150 words); Description of the paper or artwork (400 words maximum).


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